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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 August 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Calliandra is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae. It contains about 200 species that are native to tropical and subtropical regions of southern Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.

The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrubs and rarely small trees, with bipinnate leaves. The flower, as seen here, has numerous long slender stamens, and are produced in cylindrical or globose inflorescences. The stamens give rise to the common name of Powder-puff/ Powder puff Plant and Fairy Duster. These plants flower all year round, but the best blooming is in spring and summer. They can be easily pruned.

Captured at the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 3, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/125 second F/6.3 ISO 400 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful.. looks like a firework :). Sorry, no idea about the name.

4 Aug 2011 8:19am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

gorgeous flower shot!
great colors and background.

4 Aug 2011 9:20am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm no expert on birds, insects, or flowers, but I like the picture!

4 Aug 2011 9:26am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb clarity and focus here, Steven. The flower looks very much like the Australian native Callistemon (or common name - Bottlebrush).

4 Aug 2011 10:26am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Nature offers up unlimited detail - if only we choose to look !

4 Aug 2011 10:27am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

great close-up, very impressive!

4 Aug 2011 11:34am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous flower. never seen it before . great shot .

4 Aug 2011 11:52am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is gorgeous! Beautiful composition. I lived in Hawaii as a child and we called this the Powder Puff tree. If it is the same, I think it is Caliandra.

4 Aug 2011 2:19pm

@Elaine Hancock: I believe you are correct. Thank you!

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful color and great macro.

4 Aug 2011 2:35pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Whatever its name, it is a beauty

4 Aug 2011 3:11pm

franz from Baden, Austria

excellent! like hundreds of pins on a cushion! perfect dof and bokeh!

4 Aug 2011 3:41pm

Stefanie from Paris, France

wonderful colours!

4 Aug 2011 3:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I love this exquisite fanning of vibrant spindles. Nice shot.

4 Aug 2011 4:05pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

4 Aug 2011 5:45pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Magnificent, Steven....I love how detailed this truly is - so much so that the little yellow buds on the ends of the filaments look like klittle bits of honey like a columbine! Beautiful job here!

4 Aug 2011 6:45pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful close up!

4 Aug 2011 9:48pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That's truly gorgeous Steven, and your focus here is superb!

5 Aug 2011 2:02am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


5 Aug 2011 2:10am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful fan of a flower. A lovely shot.

7 Aug 2011 8:21pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Your macros are breathtaking! Beautiful.

7 Aug 2011 10:06pm